Sports Injuries • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy • Acupuncture • Visceral Therapy
ACL and Other Knee Ligament and/or Cartilage Injuries
ACL is short for Anterior Cruciate Ligament. It is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee. The ACL is one of the main ligaments in your knee that provides stability for movements forward and back, as well as rotational or diagonal patterned movements. When the ACL is injured, it sometimes requires surgery, and sometimes does not…. it depends on the severity of the tear. A partial tear often does not require surgery, but a full tear often will.
The other major ligaments in your knee that may be injured are the MCL (medial collateral ligament), PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), and LCL (lateral collateral ligament). These ligaments all have a unique function to help control the stability in your knee for weight bearing movements. The cartilage is sometimes damaged when these ligaments are stretched or torn, but it can also be damaged independently of a ligament injury due to chronic wear and tear or an acute incident of weight bearing with a twist.
How Angela Simpson Physiotherapy can help you:
- Identify the structures at fault by stability testing the ligaments (ACL, etc), and cartilage
- Testing the muscle strength and length around the knee complex, including the hips and core
- Creating an individualized exercise program to help restore function to the muscles surrounding the knees, hips, back, and core
- Educate you on what types of sports and activities are appropriate for you, given the condition of your knee(s)
- Release and stretch tight structures in the hips, back or even ankles that may be causing an alignment problem at the knee(s)
- Educate you on proper movement patterns of the trunk, hips, knees and ankles to help eliminate the painful movements in your knee (s) and give you smooth, fluid, coordinated movement!